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Merry Sithmas

Our little Sith Bobblelord went to the zoo this morning to spread his special version of Christmas cheer.  He talked to the residents about who had crossed to the dark side, and who had not.  He ran into an old friend.  He pondered new ways to motivate the workers.  He had a great time.

Today’s photos are here with our San Diego Zoo photos.  All the Darth Santa photos, including his previous trips to Disneyland and the beach, are here.


Chuck posted this on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at  1:56 pm.   No comments yet. Be the first. 

Needing a Swim

December isn’t really when I should be whining about swimming, but between travel and something bouncing around my respiratory system I’ve been out of the pool for two weeks now, and it’s making me cranky.  I’ve been very fortunate since switching gyms last spring, and the schedule and facility of our local Y got me into some good habits.  Both the fitness and the stress relief were going well.

But now I’m cranky and stiff, and I’ve got less than a month to look good for Penguin Plunge.   Hope the new meds work on this cough quickly,

Chuck posted this on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at  5:15 pm.   No comments yet. Be the first. 


2007-11-01-A-007vhp_FULLThat pumpkin’s been dead seven years now.  The chair is long gone too, and we left the apartment that was shot at back in 2011.  But sometimes the scariest thing is going back through the archives here and at the photo gallery and seeing 13+ years of posts.  Utterly terrifying.

Chuck posted this on Friday, October 31, 2014 at  10:29 am.   No comments yet. Be the first. 


Full marriage equality, now in many more places.  Oh, how I would’ve loved being a fly on the wall while that outcome was being reached.

Chuck posted this on Monday, October 6, 2014 at  7:04 am.   No comments yet. Be the first. 

Why do we do things?

Just sharing a cute little look at human motivation I stumbled on this afternoon.

FOL’AMOR from GOBELINS pro on Vimeo.

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at  1:58 pm.   No comments yet. Be the first. 

2014-08-27-9319-oceansidethumbEscaped the office and the tyranny of the puppies long enough to photograph some of the swells hitting the SoCal coast today courtesy of Hurricane Marie.  There were two TV news crews at the Oceanside Pier, more photographers than surfers, and most of the surfers who tried never completed paddling out.  It’s living up to its hype out there, and sure was fun to watch.

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at  11:43 am.   Make the second comment. 

Swimming with Snackies

Had the pleasure of seeing the anchovy swarm out at La Jolla Cove yesterday, and cut this from some of the GoPro footage I got.  Enjoy.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at  10:42 am.   No comments yet. Be the first. 

Lap Swimming and Multi-tasking

My reasons for swimming are many, but high on the list is the tranquility and solitude – it’s a time when everything else can be blocked out for a bit.

Had a really good swim this morning at my newish pool of choice (since May), and while taking a rest between sets noticed a small group arriving.  Two grabbed lanes and the third went to the shady chairs.  No big deal.  After more laps I got out and he was still there, staring intently at his smart phone.  As I toweled off he started getting agitated, then burst out in a scream of ‘GO TO THE NET.’  I guess Wimbledon was this morning.  I don’t know if it was the end of the match or just that viewer’s final straw but after the outburst the tennis fan put down his phone and joined  his friends in the pool.

Smart phones are bad enough, but waiting for the inevitable day Google Glass begets Google Goggles.  I dread the concept overall, but it sure would’ve been hysterical to see him have his little meltdown halfway down a lane.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at  10:55 am.   No comments yet. Be the first. 


IMG_2787June’s always our busiest month.  Last day of school.  Randy’s __th birthday.  Our sixth wedding anniversary.  Now we’re adding a new one: June 19th, hereafter known as Onofre Adoption Day. The Blur of Fur II was adopted from Animal Rescue Kompany, and is a five-month-old Bichon.   He and Diego bonded on a play date at Onofre’s foster family’s house, then moved in a few days later.  Excessive photography to follow.

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at  1:59 pm.   3 comments have been made. Join them. 

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Mom bought my Dad tickets for the Safari Caravan at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park for his birthday this year, and I got to tag along. Posting a couple of pictures here, head over to the gallery section to view more.

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at  4:56 pm.   No comments yet. Be the first. 

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